Avtar Singh

Avtar Singh

Avtar Singh is a staff correspondent who covers politics, agriculture, crime and rural areas in Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla districts of Punjab.

Articles by Avtar Singh

After three drug deaths, cops lay siege to Ludhiana village

A strange calm prevails in Kul Gehna, a tiny village in the Bet area on the banks of the Sutlej. Its streets are filled with gun-toting policemen, some of them wielding lathis, signalling every visitor to a halt.
Syringes and lighters used to consume drugs in a field at Kul Gehna village in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HT)
Syringes and lighters used to consume drugs in a field at Kul Gehna village in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HT)
Updated on May 09, 2016 06:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh and Avtar Singh, Kul Gehna(ludhiana)

Ludhiana’s Tarush Goyal is district topper in ICSE Class 10

City students won laurels in the Class 10 and 12 ICSE examinations, with the toppers achieving 97.8% and 96.5% marks respectively.
Tarush Goyal celebrating with family in Ludhiana on Friday.(HT Photo)
Tarush Goyal celebrating with family in Ludhiana on Friday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2016 01:49 PM IST
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A village of child brides, grooms in Ludhiana: In school together!

“I am engaged to Anjali, she lives near my home, will get married to her soon,” says Salman, his eyes gleaming with pride. All fine, except that he is just 10.
These little boys and girls of Government Primary School, Rawat village, near Ludhiana, have been pushed into the big institution of marriage.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
These little boys and girls of Government Primary School, Rawat village, near Ludhiana, have been pushed into the big institution of marriage.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
Updated on May 02, 2016 04:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Rawat (ludhiana)

Ready-to-harvest wheat crop over 100 acres of land engulfed in fire

As wheat harvesting is in full swing, farmers across the region are worried as dry and ready-to-harvest wheat crop is catching fire incurring losses.
Locals trying to douse the fire that destroyed wheat crop in a 40-acre area at Jalaldiwal village near Raikot.(HT Photo)
Locals trying to douse the fire that destroyed wheat crop in a 40-acre area at Jalaldiwal village near Raikot.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2016 04:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Parents protest against schools for not complying with DC’s orders

Even though deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat had directed the private schools to reduce development charges by 30% and hike fee only by five percent, some schools are not implementing the orders fuelling protests by parents.
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam caused due to the six-hour protest by parents.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam caused due to the six-hour protest by parents.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
Updated on Apr 23, 2016 04:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

KVM students visit Dayanand Medical College

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Published on Apr 18, 2016 06:09 PM IST
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Bhagat Singh’s nephew supports Tharoor’s Kanhaiya remarks

A day after Shashi Tharoor’s remarks about Kanhaiya Kumar having qualities similar to Bhagat Singh evoked quite a controversy, the martyr’s nephew, ProfessorJagmohan Singh, agreed with the senior Congress leader.
Jagmohan, who is a human rights activist, said Kanhaiya Kumar is following the ideology of Bhagat Singh and performing well intellectually and politically by raising issues concerning the society.(HT Photo)
Jagmohan, who is a human rights activist, said Kanhaiya Kumar is following the ideology of Bhagat Singh and performing well intellectually and politically by raising issues concerning the society.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2016 12:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Women colleges rue lack of contributions from renowned alumni

Even as the city steps forward to celebrate International Women’s day, city based women colleges rue the “lack” of interest taken by its former students in their colleges once they have passed out.
Updated on Mar 07, 2016 10:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Rohith Vemula’s suicide: BSP seeks apology from Smriti Irani

As the debate over Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Rajya Sabha boils, the Punjab wing of the Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday launched a broadside against HRD minister Smriti Irani’s apology over the issue.
HRD minister Smriti Irani speaking in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI Photo / TV GRAB)
HRD minister Smriti Irani speaking in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI Photo / TV GRAB)
Updated on Mar 01, 2016 08:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Teachers not ‘meritorious’ enough, ex-armymen made principals in Punjab

While appointing retired army officers as principals of all nine meritorious schools, the Punjab government has diluted the criteria it had initially framed to select academics to head these schools, a dream project of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Almost a week after the Punjab government gave the nod to the appointment of nine retired army officers as principals, it has come to light that the government did this after it failed to find suitable academics for the post.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Almost a week after the Punjab government gave the nod to the appointment of nine retired army officers as principals, it has come to light that the government did this after it failed to find suitable academics for the post.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2016 09:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

‘Everyone knows why Anupam Kher has been picked for Padma’

Actor Anupam Kher, who was recently picked for the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher(HT FILE)
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher(HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 02, 2016 07:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Anupam Kher a ‘darbari artist’, says Punjabi writer who returned award

We never said India is intolerant, we criticised the ruling party over its attitude: Gurbachan Singh Bhullar
Gurbachan Singh Bhullar, the first Punjabi author to return his Sahitya Akademi award to protest the assassination of Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi, flayed actor Anupam Kher who was recently picked for the Padma Bhushan.(Sikandar Singh Chopra/HT & Twitter)
Gurbachan Singh Bhullar, the first Punjabi author to return his Sahitya Akademi award to protest the assassination of Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi, flayed actor Anupam Kher who was recently picked for the Padma Bhushan.(Sikandar Singh Chopra/HT & Twitter)
Updated on Feb 01, 2016 11:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

For children in Fauji Mohalla in Ludhiana, school is a distant dream

Life of children in Fauji Mohalla, a slum in the middle of city, is vastly different to what it is supposed to be. Around 70 shanties house at least 90 families, with each family on an average having 2-3 children. A shocking statistic - around 10 children - attend school from this area. The rest are either working as rag pickers or are seen playing.
Children of Fauji Mohalla, a slum in the middle of Ludhiana.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Children of Fauji Mohalla, a slum in the middle of Ludhiana.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2016 08:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Who will hear our cries: Debt-ridden farm labourers

Heated debates over the rising suicides by debt-ridden farmers, and the government’s promise to tackle the problem through a string of initiatives, has inspired another section of the farming community to press for their demands. Farm labourers, caught up in debt, want their swelling loans to be waived off too.
Debt-ridden Dalit families at Rasoolpur village near Jagraon in Ludhiana district.(SIikander Singh Chopra/ HT)
Debt-ridden Dalit families at Rasoolpur village near Jagraon in Ludhiana district.(SIikander Singh Chopra/ HT)
Updated on Jan 18, 2016 02:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Govt focus on farmers, debt-ridden labourers want cries heard too

Heated debates over the rising suicides by debt-ridden farmers, and the government’s promise to tackle the issue through a string of initiatives, has inspired another section of the farming community to press for their demands. Farm labourers, caught up in debt, want their swelling loans to be waived off too.
Updated on Jan 17, 2016 07:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Rasoolpur (ludhiana)

Punjab yet to implement Public Library Act

The draft of Punjab Public Library and Information Services Bill 2011 is yet to be implemented. Around 21 states including neighbouring state Haryana, have implemented the Library Act in their respective states, but Punjab is far behind and waiting for its implementation.
A Visitor scanning books at Bhagwanto Yadgar Public Library, Jurahan , established by NRI Jaswant Singh, in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
A Visitor scanning books at Bhagwanto Yadgar Public Library, Jurahan , established by NRI Jaswant Singh, in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2016 12:44 PM IST
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HindustanTimes | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Faith factor: NRIs pitch in with funds

The people of Punjab have always great expectations from non-resident Indians (NRIs) and NRIs have played a significant role at different platforms. But the major factor is that all NRIs spend their money with an ideology and faith.
(HT FILE PHOTO)
(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 01, 2016 02:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh

No advance payment to exam supervisors by PU

Examination supervisors, who were appointed to conduct the December semester examination, have not received the advance payment from Panjab University to date.
Examination supervisors have not received the advance payment from Panjab University to date(HT file photo)
Examination supervisors have not received the advance payment from Panjab University to date(HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2015 12:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh

Class 10, 12 results: ‘Teachers with dismal record to be summoned’

Poor pass percentage in class 10 and 12 in government schools across the state has left the education department a worried lot.
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema(HT Photo)
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2019 05:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Current unrest: Ready to apologise if govt lapses surface, says Badal

Admitting that there might be mismanagement on the part of the state government that led to the situation in the state reaching a flash point recently, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said he was ready to apologise in case they had made a mistake.
The chief minister was talking to the media after observing the centenary of the death anniversary of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha at Sarabha village, 25 km from Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HTPhoto)
The chief minister was talking to the media after observing the centenary of the death anniversary of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha at Sarabha village, 25 km from Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HTPhoto)
Updated on Nov 16, 2015 11:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Sarabha (ludhiana)

EWS students forced to drop out of school, despite RTE in place

It is ironical that on the eve of Children’s Day, students from the economically weaker section (EWS) are still being forced to drop out of school even though the right to free and compulsory education is a fundamental right in the country. Children’s Day will be celebrated today on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Updated on Nov 13, 2015 07:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Poor students working in mandis to finance their education

In a picture of contrast, many school and college students from the economically weaker sections here are working in mandis (grain markets) here to make both ends meet rather than preparing for participation in youth festivals and festive celebrations in their institutes.
(Students facing financial hardships try to avail the opportunities to earn some money during the paddy season to lessen the burden of their education expenses.HT Photo)
(Students facing financial hardships try to avail the opportunities to earn some money during the paddy season to lessen the burden of their education expenses.HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2015 09:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Labh Janjua struggled for two decades before making it big

Bollywood celebrities Ayushmann Khurrana, Pritam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan have mourned the tragic demise of Punjabi singer Labh Janjua.
Labh Janjua was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on October 22.
Labh Janjua was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on October 22.
Updated on Oct 23, 2015 01:10 PM IST
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IANS | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Farmers to gherao residences of MLAs, MPs on Friday

After a little silence, farmers will gherao the residences of MLAs and MPs on Friday. On the one side, Sikh activists are protesting against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and killing of Sikh agitators since October 12 and on the other side, the gherao call of eight farmers’ organisations may increase the worries of the Punjab government.
Updated on Oct 22, 2015 11:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Farmers’ hold peace march against desecration of Guru Granth Sahib

After the protests by Sikh community against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two Sikhs.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ughara) on Friday held a peace march at Malaudh town of Ludhiana district, claiming that it was government’s tactics to divert the attention of people.(HT Photo)
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ughara) on Friday held a peace march at Malaudh town of Ludhiana district, claiming that it was government’s tactics to divert the attention of people.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2015 08:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Returning awards: Token gesture or effective act of protest?

The domain of literature has always been closely linked to politics with literary figures constantly helping in shaping opinions and challenging norms through their works.
While being felicitated by the Akdemi has for long been a source of pride for a literary figure, writers and poets have recently been returning their awards to protest against what they deem a lack of freedom of speech in the country.(HT Photo)
While being felicitated by the Akdemi has for long been a source of pride for a literary figure, writers and poets have recently been returning their awards to protest against what they deem a lack of freedom of speech in the country.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2015 09:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

Rail roko: Passengers suffer as trains delayed, cancelled

On the call of eight Kisan organisations, rail roko agitation was held here on Wednesday. Due to the protest at different places, many trains were delayed and cancelled at the Ludhiana railways station.
Passengers waiting for trains at the Ludhiana railway station caused due to the farmers rail roko agitation.(J S Grewal/HT Photo)
Passengers waiting for trains at the Ludhiana railway station caused due to the farmers rail roko agitation.(J S Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2015 08:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

On eve of 108th birth anniv, lecture on Bhagat Singh’s ideology held

A lecture on freedom fighter and martyr Bhagat Singh’s ideology was organised by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sports and Cultural Club and Naujawan Bharat Sabha at Sunet library here on the eve of his 108th birth anniversary.
Professor Jatinder Singh during the lecture organised on occasion of Bhagat Singh’s 108th birth anniversary in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Professor Jatinder Singh during the lecture organised on occasion of Bhagat Singh’s 108th birth anniversary in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2015 11:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh, Ludhiana

In diplomacy, reciprocity is important

In keeping with his own perception of ties with neighbours, Manmohan Singh must visit Islamabad before he demits office. Avtar Singh Bhasin writes.
Updated on Jan 01, 2014 11:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh Bhasin

Will Islamabad lay claim to the Unnao ‘treasure’?

In 1976, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had laid claim to a share of a ‘treasure’ thought to be stacked in Jaipur's Jaigarh Fort, on the plea that it was an 'inheritance of the subcontinent' bequeathed to it by its 'pre-colonial sovereignties'.
Updated on Oct 22, 2013 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Avtar Singh Bhasin
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